Louise Brown – the world’s first IVF baby

Louise Joy Brown is the world’s first IVF baby and was born at Oldham General Hospital, Oldham, by planned Caesarean section.

Her parents, Lesley and John Brown, had been trying to conceive for nine years. Lesley faced complications of blocked fallopian tubes.

On 10 November 1977, Lesley Brown underwent a procedure, later to become known as IVF (in vitro fertilisation)

IVF was developed by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards. Edwards was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine for this work.

Although the media referred to Brown as a “test tube baby”, her conception actually took place in a Petri dish. Her younger sister, Natalie Brown, was also conceived through IVF four years later, and became the world’s fortieth child after conception by IVF.

Louise Brown was the first of over six million babies born through IVF since 1978 and this is growing exponentially each year, giving the gift of a child to so many.

If you have any questions for Louise Brown, please do send them across to her by emailing askanexpert@ivfbabble.com and adding her name into the subject box.

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